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Oddity



Joined: 09 Nov 2009
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Oddity
Hi. I am trying to create a dos executable where DS will contain the information I define in the .data segment, but I can't figure out how to do this.

Code:
use16
format MZ

segment .data

  mychar:
    db 0x41


segment .code
entry .code:0000

  start:
    mov ax, .data 
    mov ds, ax 

    mov ax, 0x4C00
    int 0x21    


This of course gives me "undefined symbol 'start.data'". I've tried other things like

Code:
mov ax, segment .data    

Code:
mov ax, seg .data    


but of course they give me errors as well. Can anyone help me?
Post 09 Nov 2009, 08:06
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revolution
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revolution
try with a double dot for the label name
Code:
segment ..data 
...
mov ax,..data    
or even just without a dot
Code:
segment my_data 
...
mov ax,my_data    
Post 09 Nov 2009, 08:17
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Tomasz Grysztar
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Tomasz Grysztar
Labels preprended with dot are a local labels, so when you write ".data" after the "start:" label, it looks for the "start.data" label actually.
You can either make all labels here local (change "start" to ".start"), or use some non-local names for segments (recommended), like "_data" and "_code".

EDIT: yes, revolution's advice is a good one, too. Smile
Post 09 Nov 2009, 08:18
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Oddity



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Oddity
Thanks =)
Post 09 Nov 2009, 08:25
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